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Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition

Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall

Visiting & Tips

Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall: Introduction

The Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition Hall in Pyongyang holds the annual Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia flower exhibition. It is open for a few months of the year, but particularly so during the national holidays Day of the Sun and Day of the Shining Star

Tourists and locals alike can go and take a tour around the exhibition hall, or you can choose to walk around yourself. 


Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall: Location

The Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall is located in central Pyongyang close to the Party Foundation Monument and right next to the skate park

NOTE: This has been the location of the exhibition hall in the past, however, we have been told that the location will change in 2020. 

Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall: Exterior

Outside the exhibition hall to the front is a large parking area. This can get full during national holidays or when there is a special exhibition on. 

To the back of the exhibition hall, there is a small area also with parking spaces. On national holidays, this area also holds some small local stalls selling ice cream, drinks, and other snacks. 

Many local North Koreans will relax here and chat with friends after admiring the exhibition inside here. 

Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall: Interior

The exhibition hall is 2 floors. This consists of a large exhibition area on the ground floor, made up of two different sections.

The upstairs is both a viewing platform looking onto the ground floor, and it has many different rooms too. 

Upstairs, there is a small shop. 

Downstairs near the entrance, there are bathrooms. 

Kimilsungia Kimjongilia Flower Festival

The Kim Il Sungia Flower Festival (김일성화축전 | 金日成花慶典) is an annual flower exhibition held each April for the Day of the Sun (15 April – the birthday of leader Kim Il Sung). In the festival, organisations, work units, and individuals from across society compete to put on the best floral display incorporating the Kim Ilsungia flower, a type of orchid.

The festival has been held since the late 1990s.


Kimilsungia - Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition Hall: Visiting Tips 

  • If you fancy cultivating your own Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia flowers, there are Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia seeds & bulbs for sale at the flower exhibition that are available for purchase. These also come with a handy guide (in English) on how to correctly cultivate your flowers and make sure they survive and thrive!
  • On national holidays like Day of the Sun or Day of the Shining Star when there are special exhibitions, the Exhibition Hall can get very busy. It may not be possible to buy the seeds. If you wish to go to buy seeds and go on a guided tour around the exhibition hall, it is a good idea to go at a different time too. 
  • You can go on a guided tour around the exhibition house, or enjoy by yourself. 
  • During exhibitions, there may be many military walking around. Bear in mind photography rules and remain polite when taking pictures of local Koreans. 

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